ASUS Z87-PRO Motherboard Review

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When it comes to summer blockbusters, Will Smith's batting average is in the .350s. However, his most recent vehicle "After Earth" has been described as an underwhelming, over budget mess. Many movie critics were quick to put the blame on his son Jaden who steps into the lead role but fails to carry the movie on his shoulders. This hardly sounds fair, considering he is only an actor and the actual, more familiar and likely culprit is getting out unscathed. Although none of the promotional materials explicitly state it, this movie is directed by M. Night Shyamalan who had a once promising career with his first few movies receiving critical praise and box-office success but quickly crashed and burned with his subsequent creative efforts. Movies bearing the "From the mind of M. Night Shyamalan" promotional tag started out as a proud and boastful declaration, signifying confidence in a guaranteed unique and quality product but it eventually became a joke and viewers took it as a warning instead of a recommendation.



M. Night Shyamalan was the one in control, the man in the cockpit and the hitter at the plate. This is the same with any project big or small. One component failure might cause problems for the entire unit but that could also occur at random. Failure at the design and execution level is more egregious and should be identified. If "After Earth" is a motherboard, it would be one made of high-quality components but designed and crafted as if the maker didn't care and was going to jump off the roof by lunch break, hoping there aren't any nets installed to prevent his demise. What you need is a combination of high-quality components made by a motherboard maker with a high batting average. With the recent release of Intel's new Z87 platform, many enthusiasts will be looking at over three dozen different motherboard offerings but the most promising ones, on paper at least, will be those that come from a familiar and award winning line such as ASUS' Pro motherboard.



The ASUS Z87-Pro supports all the latest generation 22nm Haswell Intel LGA1150 Core processors. The Z87-Pro offers 12-phase DIGI+ power, ESD guards for the USB, LAN and video ports as well as fuse ICs for the DRAM, solid capacitors rated for 5,000 hours at 105C, and a stainless steel back I/O for an all-around protection and extended motherboard lifespan. In terms of connectivity, the Z87 Pro has the standard six SATA 6G ports from the Z87 chipset but also adds two more via an ASMedia 1061 controller, four USB 3.0 ports via the Intel Z87 chipset as well as four more USB 3.0 ports via an ASMedia 1042 in the top back I/O.  Wirelessly, the ASUS Z87 Pro uses a dual-band Qualcomm Atheros Wireless-N module with Bluetooth 4.0 and comes with a 2TR2 antenna that uses gold-plated SMA connectors. For display output, the ASUS Z87 Pro supports up to 4096 x 2160 @ 24Hz via the HDMI, as well as the DisplayPort, and is also able to handle displays up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz via the DVI-D or the VGA output ports.